Cacti & Succulents


At the last minute yesterday morning Chris and I went down to the Houston Arboretum for a cactus and succulent plant sale. It is on the west side of downtown Houston and thus a bit out of our way but it was a nice morning, albeit muggy, so we made our way down there. I think we were both anticipating a bigger sale and instead we found just a few tables set up with members of the Houston cactus and succulent club selling some of their backyard propagation results.

A couple of the plants here we already had, the one that looks limp and flowing over the pot is probably a night blooming Cereus. We found it for $2 at a nursery many months ago and haven’t found a home for it yet.

opuntia consolea
Opuntia consolea

I tried to google this Opuntia but the name that I was given on the tag does not yield any results. hrm.

opercularia decaryi
This plant I had to have the moment I saw it, even when we found out it wasn’t cold hardy. We’ll be digging it out of the ground (leaving it in the pot as suggested by the man who sold it to us) and overwintering it in the garage. It has a similar structure to a baobab, that succulent like trunk. Opercularia decaryi

haworthia truncata
Haworthia truncata

haworthia fasciata
Haworthia fasciata

echinocactus texensis
Echinocactus texensis Chris has had these for several months. The horse crippler cactus has been on his radar since we saw it at Westcave Preserve last year.

cylindropuntia spp.
We found this mini-cholla at a big-box hardware store.

astrophytum capricorne
Astrophytum capricorne

aloe 'vito'
Aloe ‘Vito’

aloe 'pink blush'
Aloe ‘Pink Blush’

We plan on putting in the cactus bed later this week. It should be fairly easy as the plot is small and won’t need any irrigation installed. We’ll have to rip up the grass that is currently there and move a few plants that are in that section, and then install the cactus dirt. I’ll keep you posted on how that process goes!

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